Statue of Saint Sofia, Sofia
The 21 m high Statue of St. Sofia (Statuya na Sveta Sofia) was erected in 2000 on a site which was once occupied by a Lenin statue. It was designed by the Bulgarian sculptor George Chapkanov.
The statue actually doesn't refer to the holy Saint Sofia, but to the holy wisdom, which is symbolised by the owl in the left hand of the young woman.
The Statue of St. Sofia stands at the busy square pl. Nezavisimost, just at the crossing of the streets bul. Knyaginya Maria Luiza and bul. Knyaz Aleksandar Dondukov. It can be found in the close vicinity of the Sheraton Hotel and the Tsum Shopping Mall.
Address: Statue of St. Sofia, pl. Nezavisimost, Sofia
Coming out of Serdica station we were ready to explore the city center. The first thing we noticed on the busy central avenue was a statue standing on a column.
It is the Statue of St. Sofia(Statuya na Sveta Sofia ) that was erected in 2000. The 24 meter high bronze statue was designed by the local sculptor George Chapkanov and replaced the statue of Lenin on the same that was on the same spot (the square was also named Lenin at that time).
It’s a symbol of the city because St.Sofia is city’s patron. Sofia means wisdom in greek –that’s why she hold a an owl in her left hand, a symbol of wisdom. In her right hand she holds a laurel wreath (symbol of many things for greeks and romans: peace, success, reputation etc)
This statue towers over a busy crossroads in the centre of Sofia, on a spot where once stood a statue of Lenin. It was erected in the year 2000 as a millennial symbol of the city. The golden-skinned & black-robed female figure represents wisdom. She holds a laurel wreath and has an owl perched on her arm.
The 24m-high bronze statue between the Sheraton Hotel and TSUM represents the goddess protector of the city. As you can see, she's holding the symbols of wisdom and fame in her hands.
The statue's rather new. Not long ago, a different statue used to stand on this site. It was the statue of Lenin, after whom the whole square was named.
Perched on top of her pylon - the Statue of St Sofia is watching over the traffic between the Sheraton Hotel and the Tzum Shopping mole , facing in the same time the General Assembly and former Communist party building - all these massive stone dinosaures from the Communist era
It's a new thing for us Sofians, so we're not used to it. The statue was raised there as they opened the Metro station located just below.
The statue you see in the picture is fairly new. It's like the guardian of the city. Not exactly sure when it was built, but it happened after Sofia obtained a subway system, so my guess would be sometime at the turn of this century. You can't miss it, it's in the very center of the city.
Not exactly a must see activity but when you pass by you may have a look at the Statue of St. Sofia, the guardian saint of Sofia city.
Once Sveta Nedelia Square used to be named after Lenin and a statue of the Communist leader stood here. Nowadays, it has been replaced by a 24m bronze statue of the protector of the city, Sofia, holding the symbols of wisdom and fame.
Located close to many other sightseeing places and towering high above , it will be difficult to miss the statue of St Sofia. The city's name was derived from this goddess of wisdom.